LPGA adds Asian event in October


The LPGA Hana Bank Championship is being added to the 2010 schedule, according to an announcement on the tour’s web site.

The tournament will be played Oct. 29-31 somewhere in or around Seoul, South Korea. The venue will be announced at a later date.

It’s a limited-field event with a $1.8 million purse.

“The tournament will feature 69 players, with slots for 50 of the LPGA Tour's top players,” according to the tour’s announcement.

Hana Bank has been title sponsor to an LPGA event the last four years, but the tournament wasn’t on the 2010 schedule when it was released at the LPGA Tour Championship last November. The tour announced Monday that Hana Financial Group has signed a new three-year sponsorship deal. The event is scheduled as part of a three tournament fall swing through Asia. The LPGA China event, expected to lead off the swing Oct. 22-24, has yet to announce a title sponsor. The Mizuno Classic in Japan is scheduled Nov. 5-7.

The LPGA season begins in Asia next week with the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand event. The HSBC Women’s Champions follows the next week in Singapore.

The announcement pushes the LPGA schedule to 25 official events with 11 events outside the United States, five in Asia. The Sybase Match Play Championship in Gladstone, N.J., was added two weeks ago.